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Comment previously on Ask Slashdot^WMicrosoft (Score 2) 110

other "articles" that were obviously written by covert PR drones:

>"Microsoft's newest desktop operating system comes with a range of interesting features"
>"[it's] fiscally conservative [to upgrade]"
>Windows 10 skeptics are subtly portrayed as being scared of all things new
Followed by a good dose of sock puppetry.

>"Windows 10 offers a range of interesting features including virtual digital assistant Cortana. While these features and a substantial boost to performance and speeds could be a big reason for the fast adoption of Windows 10"

Comment 100% libre laptop, please (Score 4, Insightful) 138

I find it puzzling that not a single vendor goes to market a laptop with a fully free as in freedom software stack, including the initializing program or BIOS.
Programmable components apart from the CPU, say hard drive controllers or 4G modems, should be isolated with an IOMMU.
The last laptops that don't tread on your freedom are from 2008:

Is this problem too hard for corporations with billions of R&D money at their disposal?
Are they forbidden to develop hardware that doesn't subjugate the user's freedom by 3 letter agencies?
Or, is it simply that most people do not care?

Comment Re:Does the submitter even read Slashdot? (Score 2) 982

Updates, constantly pinging Microsoft to ask about updating software. People are like, "Well Linux doesn't tell Debian what software you have installed! Windows 10 tells Microsoft EXACTLY what you have installed!" That works until you actually run apt-get upgrade and a series of HTTP GET requests hit the servers to get specific package names and versions.

Come on, people.

You can use apt over Tor.

Can you configure Windows 10 to only to talk to Microsoft's hidden services?

Comment Religion and determinism? (Score 1) 386

I find it puzzling that Christians in particular seem to be irritated by the idea of a lack of free will.
Isn't it conflictive to believe in an all-knowing and all-powerful deity while at the same believing in freedom of choice?
More than once I've seen a religious person irritated when the notion of determinism came up in a discussion.
What is the connection there?

Comment Pirated Scientific Papers? Unlikely. (Score 1) 145

What on Earth is the chance of encountering a ship on the high seas that carries scientific papers?
And then you go ahead and brutally rob the owners of said papers?
I'm sorry but this sounds like pure fantasy, at least in the 21st century. Unless the author fell prey to decades of propaganda and actually meant to refer to copyright infringement.

US Supreme Court rules that copyright infringement does not easily equate to theft:

Stop perpetuating propaganda.

Comment HTTP/2 actual main reason (Score 1) 86

HTTP/2 might be the actual main motive for this switch. HTTP/2 is more efficient than HTTP/1 but requires TLS encryption.

Indeed, does offer HTTP/2:

curl -v --http2 -I -o /dev/null "$url" 2>&1 |grep ALPN
* ALPN, offering h2
* ALPN, offering http/1.1
* ALPN, server accepted to use h2

Comment Harmy Despecialized Edition (Score 2) 272

The currently best reproduction of the original Star Wars trilogy is a fan edit compiled by Harmy.

This is a reconstruction of the 1977 theatrical version of STAR WARS. The original shots were painstakingly restored using various sources (listed below) and the film received an extensive shot by shot colour correction based on a fade free 1977 I.B. Technicolor Print.

This fan edit is compiled from many sources, including an earlier scan by Team Negative1, the group this article is also about.

        STAR WARS Episode IV A New Hope Official Blu-Ray 2011 (Preliminary colour correction by You_Too)
        STAR WARS 2006 Bonus DVD (sourced from the 1993 Definitive Edition Laser Disc Master - upscales by Dark Jedi, You_Too and Harmy)
        Star.Wars.Episode.IV.A.New.Hope.1977.720p.HDTV.x264-DON (2004 DVD Version)
        STAR WARS 1997 Special Edition (Reivax DTV capture)
        Custom mattes, 35mm and 70mm film cell scans etc.
        Team Negative1 35mm LPP print scan of the Mos Eisley sequence
        Puggo Grande (1977 16mm print transfer)

Harmy has since released restored edits of Episode V and VI as 720p MKV.
The MKVs also include many subtitles and alternative audio tracks.
It is currently the definite edition of the original trilogy.

Comment Reasonable, please continue (Score 1) 268

I hope FTDI continues to block counterfeit devices.
This will alert buyers who then can demand refunds, or sue the vendors who sold them low quality fakes.

Want guaranteed genuine chips? FTDI runs an online shop, reasonably priced too.

I for one was burned once with a fake Prolific PL2302 that crashes frequently and reproducibly. Never again.

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